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This document was prepared for Centrelink. Its purpose was to support the consultation process between Centrelink and privacy advocates, during a project that was intended to lay the foundations for a variety of projects for Centrelink's client agencies that it was anticipated would involve smart cards
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This document is at http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/DV/SCTISK.html
Centrelink is investigating the application of smart cards to its operations. It is also the lead-agency responsible for addressing and resolving cross-jurisdictional issues in the use of smart cards for the delivery of concessions and benefits.
Centrelink is well aware that public interest concerns arise in relation to smart cards. It has accordingly established consultative arrangements with privacy advocates, and with consumer interest representatives of clients of Centrelink and its client agencies.
Policy discussions relating to smart cards and their applications are technically challenging, and privacy advocates have expressed the need for background information to ensure that they can participate effectively in consultations.
This document addresses that need, by providing a set of materials that introduce smart cards, and various related technologies.
1. Introduction To Smart Cards 3
2. Applications Of Smart Cards 9
3. Human Identification And Identity Authentication 14
4. Data Transmission Security 16
5. Public Key Cryptography 18
6. Digital Signatures In Practice 27
7. Smart Cards In Identification And Authentication 30
8 Smart Cards And Privacy Issues 33
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